The Top 8 Richest Professional Video Game Players in the World list is a misnomer. There are 12 people on the list due to the inclusion of Team Newbee, five Chinese players who, collectively, rank as the #1 richest player(s) in the world. Team Newbee earned over $1 million each in Valve’s International competition–taking home the grand prize of $5 million. Okay, now we understand why WeGotThisCovered.com had to stretch the meaning of 8 in order to include them.
The other richest professionals hail mostly from South Korea and Ukraine. There is only one American on the list: 33-year-old Johnathan Wendel, whose total earnings are $454,919, is ranked #4. Wendel is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for most kills in 60 minutes.